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|Location:||Grand Rapids, MI|
|Occupation:||Professional Music Teacher|
With over 20 years as a musician, instructor, composer and performer, Paul Kleff is a rock/metal guitarist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Starting out on an acoustic guitar, he learned basic chords and songs and worked hard at mastering the basics of the guitar.
As he continued to grow as musician, Paul was drawn to the fire, expression and speed of artists like Edward Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, George Lynch and Yngwie Malmsteen. Now armed with an electric guitar, he set out to learn the styles of his heroes and began practicing and developing a lead guitar style based on both blues-influenced rock and the neoclassical shred styles of his newer influences.
Paul’s debut CD release, titled “Machined,” was a four-song EP with two instrumental songs and two songs featuring guest vocalist Jerry Keyzer. Compositionally, the songs cover a wide palette of rock, metal and shred guitar styles. Heavy, progressive instrumental metal blends with epic vocal songs with intense, melodic lead guitar to form a bold musical statement in “Machined.” Paul was also featured on the 2008 compilation CD, “Guitars from the Shadows,” along with 12 other musicians from all over the world.
In 2008, Paul was part of an instructional clinic tour through the Midwest USA. The clinics were held at Guitar Center and local music stores in several states around the country. Six other guitarists and international touring and recording artist Tom Hess were also featured on the clinic tour. Paul is also a regular clinician in his home town of Grand Rapids, MI.
Paul teaches private guitar lessons at his studio in Grand Rapids. He has been an instructor for over 20 years. Having helped hundreds of students reach their musical goals, he continues to develop specialized programs of study for each individual student based directly on their musical goals. As a featured instructor on several guitar websites, Paul is continuing to develop his web instructional presence and will be featured on additional guitar instructional websites in the future. He is also developing new instructional products as well as a full-length CD.
As a guitarist, composer, teacher and performer, Paul has established himself as a top instructor and emerging recording artist. In the future, look for Paul to continue to gain exposure as a performer, artist and instructor.
Clinic Tour Dates 2009
|Monday, September 14, 2009 7 pm||Algonquin, Illinois||USA||Guitar Center|
|Tuesday, September 15, 2009 6 pm||Grand Rapids, Michigan||USA||Guitar Center|
|Wednesday, September 16, 2009 6 pm||Toledo, Ohio||USA||Guitar Center|
|Thursday, September 17, 2009 7 pm||Cleveland, Ohio||USA||Guitar Center|
|Friday, September 18, 2009 7 pm||Rochester, New York||USA||House of Guitars|
|Saturday, September 19, 2009 6:30 pm||Vestal, New York||USA||McNeil Music|
|Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6 pm||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania||USA||Guitar Center|
|Thursday, September 24, 2009 7 pm||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||USA||Guitar Center|
|Friday, September 25, 2009 6 pm||Columbus, Ohio||USA||Sam Ash Music|
|Saturday, September 26, 2009 7 pm||Cincinnati, Ohio||USA||Guitar Center|
|Sunday, September 27, 2009 3 pm||Indianapolis, Indiana||USA||Guitar Center|
Other Tour Dates in 2009:
- 1/12/2009 Guitar Center – Grand Rapids, Michigan
- 1/17/2009 Guitar Center – Grand Rapids, Michigan
- 2/2/2009 Guitar Center – Grand Rapids, Michigan
- 2/9/2009 Guitar Center – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Clinic Tour Dates 2008
|Sunday, September 7, 2008||JC's Guitars||Algonquin, IL||
2214 E. Algonquin Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
|Monday, September 8, 2008||Guitar Center||Arlington Heights, IL||
2375 S. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
|Tuesday, September 9, 2008||Guitar Center||Grand Rapids, MI||
2891 Radcliff Ave SE
Kentwood, MI 49512
|Wednesday, September 10, 2008||Guitar Center||Indianapolis, IN||
8475 Castleton Corner Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46250
|Thursday, September 11, 2008||Guitar Center||Florence, KY||
4999 Houston Rd
Florence, KY 41042
|Friday, September 12, 2008||Guitar Center||Pittsburgh, PA||
1020 Park Manor Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
|Saturday, September 13, 2008||McNeil Music||Vestal, NY||
4517 Vestal Rd
Vestal, NY 13850
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